How can you keep up your momentum between auditions? Here are some ways to stay out there and actively pursuing your career goals while you’re waiting for that next opportunity to shine, according to Backstage.
Attend a workshop or take a class
Consider taking a class with a coach that comes highly recommended. Reach out to your industry contacts or research online and find the perfect fit for you. You’ll also want to work on techniques you know you still need to practice. Step out of your comfort zone and fine-tune your talent.
Learn a new skill
Speaking of fine tuning, learn an entirely new skill you can add to your resume. Take advantage of free seminars and meet up with others who are between auditions to throw around some ideas. Knowledge sharing is a key component of success. Maybe you want to know more about a specific language or dialect or learn a new style of dancing. The more skills you have, the more robust your resume will be, and the more opportunities will be available to you.
Stay active – physically
It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and take care of yourself despite the stress of not having that next audition lined up. Make sure you don’t let your healthy habits fall by the wayside. Eat a nutritious, balanced diet and drink plenty of H20. Hit the gym or take a yoga class. Taking care of yourself is key so you’ll have the energy necessary to take on the next opportunity when it presents itself.
Consider a 9-5
If you are in between auditions and can’t pay the bills, there’s nothing wrong with accepting a survival job to supplement your income. Having to do so can be a hard thing to face, but the reality is, you’ll need enough financial support to keep a roof over your head while you’re pursuing your dreams. You can always take on a part-time gig at a local theater or agency. Even if you’re just answering calls, staying out there and in the epicenter of what’s happening will help ensure you stay in the know and continue networking with industry insiders.
Update your marketing materials
If it’s time to revamp your portfolio or update your headshot, take advantage of the downtime to schedule a shoot or rework your resume. Make sure your materials are up-to-date. You may also want to create or update a website showcasing who you are. If you have recent gigs that haven’t made it onto your site yet, log the details, and make sure to include them on your resume as well.
There are always things that can be done to ensure you are staying out there and active in between gigs and doing so will ensure you can jump on the next great opportunity that comes your way. It’s only a matter of time!